Cloudy Start for Sunshine Act Data Review and Dispute Resolution

Incorrect data and difficulty in access plague Open Payments Program

Mary Ann Porucznik and Richard N. Peterson, JD

Today’s digital natives are accustomed to accessing information in two or three clicks. But that’s not the case when it comes to physician transparency programs, such as the Open Payments Program established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a result of passage of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. AAOS members who wanted to see what payments were reported about themselves by manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) had to complete more than 30 separate steps. The process generally took at least an hour—and even then, it didn’t always work.

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